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Curtis Organists, Choral Arts Philadelphia, and Gallim Dance come together for "Attack Point" April 10 at Verizon Hall

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) presents this unique fusion of organ, voice, and contemporary dance, featuring music by Bach, Duruflé, Pärt, and others

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—March 31, 2016—Organ students from the Curtis Institute of Music perform alongside Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company Gallim Dance and singers from Choral Arts Philadelphia on Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall.

This world-premiere production, "Attack Point," pairs the magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ with the fierce, raw style of contemporary dance. The dancers bring the sound and breath of the majestic instrument into their bodies while Curtis organists and 12 professional singers from Choral Arts Philadelphia perform Arvo Pärt's stunning "Gloria" from the Berliner Messe and Salve Regina, conducted by Matthew Glandorf. 

Other selections on the program, performed without dancers, include works by Bach, Buxtehude, and noted organ composers Duruflé, Cabanilles, Hampton, and Bovet. All are works inspired by dance forms from the Baroque era to today, from Bach's lively Fugue a la Gigue to Bovet's festive Salamanca to the quirky "Everyone Dance" from Five Dances by American composer Calvin Hampton.

A 16-day celebration of art and community, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) takes place across the venues of the Kimmel Center's campus, as well as select locations throughout the city, from April 8 to April 23. PIFA showcases innovation and a breadth of local and international performances and installations, all curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

Tickets for the performance are $15, available from the Kimmel Center Box office at (215) 893-1999 or

Drawing upon 90 years of artistry, the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, offering more than 200 concerts each year in Philadelphia, as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour. The extraordinary young musicians of Curtis graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. 

PIFA presents "Attack Point"
With the Curtis Institute of Music, Gallim Dance, and Choral Arts Philadelphia
Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

Bryan Dunnewald, organ
Clara Gerdes, organ
Joe Russell, organ
Matthew Glandorf, conductor
Andrea Miller, choreographer
Alan Morrison, music director
Choral Arts Philadelphia – Chamber Ensemble (*)

PÄRT   Salve Regina (*)
PÄRT   "Gloria" from Berliner Messe (*)
BACH  Fugue a la Gigue
BUXTEHUDE  Praeludium in C Major
CABANILLES  Corrente Italiana
HAMPTON  "Everyone Dance" from Five Dances
DURUFLÉ  "Sicilienne" from Suite, Op. 5
BOVET  Salamanca

Tickets: $15, available from the Kimmel Center Box office at (215) 893-1999 or

This program is made possible through a donation by the Fred J. Cooper Restoration Fund as recommended by Frederick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer.

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